Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Thursday, September 24, 2009

BETHESDA OPENING

This spring one of the local hospitals was in the process of renovating a building and they wanted to feature art from local artists in the facility, but didn’t know how to go about that. They contacted a well known local artist and she suggested a competition. I entered the competition - we were allowed to enter up to 3 paintings – and all of mine were chosen! The artwork will hang for one year unless it sells (hope springs eternal!)
The opening was Wednesday night. The facility is quite lovely and each of the dressing rooms has one piece of artwork. The rest is spread through the halls, reception and waiting areas and the common area and foyer.
Two of mine are hanging in one of the upstairs waiting rooms – it was cool to walk into the reception area, glance over and see them hanging! The other is in the hallway of the first floor ladies dressing room area.
There were several other works by more GCWS artists. Kept running into (literally – the place was crowded!) people I know and so had a very enjoyable evening.
It was so much fun walking through – original artwork behind each door! All sorts of media, all kinds of styles, all different sizes! Some of the works are already purchased, too!
Last week, one of my students called me to give me a heads up before the opening – she had just been there for her mammogram and was surprised to see my artwork on the wall! She then walked around the rest of the facility and said it was like being in a gallery!
That was their plan – to make what can be an unpleasant experience into a pleasant one via beautiful surroundings. I think they succeeded!

Here are a couple photos taken quickly during the evening - Mary Jo Cropper Family Breast Center, on the campus of Bethesda North Hospital - Grand Opening.

9 comments:

Cindi said...

wow.. congrats for well deserved honor!! glad you liked my little giggle with the frog.. i kept thinking where the heck are you?? hope you're having a wonderful day!!

Chris Beck said...

Some years ago, my husband had to spend several weeks in the hospital here. They have a wonderful art collection that I used to make my way around the large and confusing building -- (turn left at the cactus painting, go to the sunflowers and turn right, etc...) Art is such an uplifting thing for both patients and staff -- glad they thought to do this and glad you could participate!!

Vicki Greene said...

How neat! I hope you have to replace you work often due to sales.

Kathy Wirth said...

Don't know who Mary Jo Cropper is, but that was my mother's maiden name! She was born outside of Vanceburg, KY and moved here when she was 3. There is also a Judge Cropper bridge over the OH River at Lawrenceburg. Interesting!

Your paintings look great on those walls. Congratualtions on being selected!

Ginny Stiles said...

Looks like a great crowd and a wonderful location. Good luck!

debwardart said...

Cindi - you will just have to move closer!
Chris - what a great idea for a GPS system! This place is also a maze - one of the ladies who works there said she keeps getting lost!
Vicki - wow, wouldn't that be wonderful!
Kathy - don't know the family but, who knows - you could be related!
Ginny - thank you!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Congratulations, Deb! Three out of three were selected. This is fabulous.
It is also a great to have art in a hospital - it may allow some individuals to think about beauty rather than disease, at least for a few moments.

RHCarpenter said...

Deb, congratulations on being selected and I hope your paintings bring someone a bright spot of joy in a stressed day at the hospital :) I know they will!!! And what a wonderful idea - instead of putting up old prints from a Pottery Barn shop, having real art from real people in the area :)

debwardart said...

Christianne and Rhonda - Thanks! I agree - rather REAL ART than posters!